Put on your track attire. The annual Nation Publications Limited (NPL) Mother’s Fun Run is on tomorrow, Saturday October 7.
This year, the safe motherhood initiative will raise funds in support of Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) and its satellite health centres under the Blantyre District Health Office (DHO).
According to NPL marketing manager Albert Banda, the fun run will start at Mpemba Health Centre junction on the Blantyre- Chikwawa Road at 6am. The runners are expected to complete the 12.5 kilometre first leg which will take them to Delamere House in Blantyre in two hours.
“Guest of honour, British High Commissioner Her Excellency Ms. Holly Tett will welcome the runners at Delamere House and join them on the second leg to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital,” he said.
Banda said Blantyre district commissioner Bennet Nkasala will officially declare the run before Tett and the other runners join the race that will take them to QECH via Haile Sellassie Road and Masauko Chipembere Highway. They will turn at the roundabout at HTD House to QECH campus where the official handover of the equipment and supplies that NPL and partners have sourced for the country’s biggest referral hospital and its health centres.
Apart from corporate support, this year’s edition of the NPL Mother’s Fun Run has received support from individuals who took the sleepover challenge at health centres to appreciate the conditions in which expectant mothers deliver their babies.
The female executives spent nights at Zingwangwa, Ndirande and Limbe health centres and QECH Gogo Chatinkha Maternity Ward.
Tonight, a group of female journalists will take on the sleepover challenge at Chilomoni Health Centre to raise funds and awareness of the safe motherhood initiative.
“We are grateful to the female journalists who will spend the night at Chilomoni Health Centre. The experience will help these women to express the issues in a manner that people will understand better,” said Banda.
He said the initiative has managed to raise hospital equipment and supplies that will be presented tomorrow.
“People have responded positively, we appreciate the partners that have come to assist the cause,” said Banda.